Sunday, 24 October 2010

SIDS: UK: Stafford

Inquest hears of tragic Christmas Day cot death

AN INQUEST heard how even the desperate attempts of a mother could not have saved the life of an 11-week-old boy.
Oliver William Tabberer, of Burton, was pronounced dead at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital at 8.38am on Christmas Day last year.
An inquest at Cannock Coroner’s Court revealed that, despite his mother Sarah’s desperate attempts to resuscitate him, he would never have survived.
Coroner’s officer Barry Johnson explained to Sarah and her parents the detailed report filed by Staffordshire Police.
He said: “Sarah placed Oliver to bed at around 7pm on Christmas Eve and later gave him a feed around 10.30pm.
“She again awoke to feed him at 3am and discovered that he was hot and he did not take his feed well.
“She got up on Christmas morning and took her older son, Reece, downstairs for breakfast and then returned to get Oliver.
“She found Oliver was not breathing and she described him as looking not real and like PlayDoh.
“She tried to begin CPR but struggled as she was hysterical and called for an ambulance.
“The ambulance crew arrived at 7.45am and they then took up the attempts to save Oliver’s life. The crew transported him to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital where he was declared dead.”
Police confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances in Oliver’s death.
Pathologist Dr Nikola Ostojic told the inquest that through a process of exclusion the cause of death was sudden infant death syndrome – also known as cot death.
South Staffordshire Coroner Andrew Haigh gave his condolences to Sarah Tabberer and said he hoped the inquest would assist in some sort of closure for her.
He said: “This is a sad death but I would move to reassure you that nothing could have been done to save your son’s life.
“From all the evidence I have heard I rule in line with Dr Ostojic that Oliver’s death was by sudden infant death syndrome, also known as cot death.”

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